Julie Phan works on her lab report in her AP Biology class earlier this year.

Vania Vazquez

Julie Phan works on her lab report in her AP Biology class earlier this year.

Ease of Online Learning Comes with New Worries

April 6, 2020

Junior Julie Phan, does not like online learning. She misses actual face to face interactions between her teachers and peers. She feels it’s a crucial part of her learning, and finds herself easily distracted by her phone at home.

However, she enjoys having a lenient schedule and the accessibility of just simply opening up her computer for online meetings.   

Phan usually wakes up at noon but on the days she has a meeting, she wakes up earlier at 9:30 a.m. She then proceeds to make breakfast and most days she doesn’t log into her computer until evening. Although Phan does not have a lot of home responsibilities, sometimes she helps her mom cook or clean the house. 

As a junior, many events have been cancelled and testing has been postponed. 

Phan said, “I am worried about Advanced Placement testing because I have been working hard all year and it was announced that all questions will be free responses.” Phan has been in contact with her teachers, “to alleviate the stress.”

Phan fears that this will negatively impact her as a student because she hoped to learn more in her AP Psychology and AP Biology class.  

College Board decided, due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, to cancel the May 2, 2020, SAT administration along with the makeup exams for the March 14 administration. All students will receive refunds and update students on future testing opportunities.  

“I was relieved about the SATs not being required as a part of the UC college admission process but then I realized how important it was and started to worry about the increase in competition because now they will focus more on my extracurriculars and essays,” Phan said.

Phan concluded that it is very unfortunate that many events are getting cancelled, but ASB is trying to make the best out of this situation by creating virtual spirit weeks including a virtual Sadies Hawkins dance through Zoom.

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